ECU awards honorary doctorates to JHC chief, academic and nurse and midwifery expert

Joondalup Health Campus chief executive Kempton Cowan receives his honorary Doctor of Business from ECU Chancellor Hendy Cowan at a September graduation ceremony.
Joondalup Health Campus chief executive Kempton Cowan receives his honorary Doctor of Business from ECU Chancellor Hendy Cowan at a September graduation ceremony.

JOONDALUP Health Campus chief executive Kempton Cowan received an honorary doctorate from Edith Cowan University last weekend.

Dr Cowan was one of the three West Australians honoured at graduation ceremonies in early September, with academic Ronald Oliver and leading nurse and midwifery expert Karen Bradley also recognised.

The hospital chief received the honorary title of Doctor of Business for his vision in building strong and enduring connections between industry, education and the community.

ECU Vice-Chancellor Steve Chapman commended Dr Cowan’s leadership and commitment to improving the health campus.

“Dr Cowan is an exemplary leader who has utilised his financial and commercial experience, his ability to engage strategically with industry and his exceptional work ethic to foster a strong community and a strong health campus,” he said.

“ECU is privileged to be a beneficiary of Dr Cowan’s vision through the vital opportunities the Joondalup Health Campus provides to our students and researchers.”

Professor Oliver received the title Emeritus Professor for his significant leadership and distinguished academic standing in the field of e-learning and for his 33 years’ service to ECU.

His innovative teaching, research and leadership has also been recognised nationally with several awards during his career including an Australian award for university teaching in 1997.

ECU alumnus Associate Professor Bradley received an honorary Doctor of Nursing for her career in nursing and midwifery and her leadership in developing patient-focussed care in the health care industry.

She has held a number of senior positions in the WA health system and served as the state’s chief nurse and midwifery officer from 2014 to 2017.